TIME Magazine recently wrote an article about the different types of employee’s that businesses need to cut loose. If you’re an employer, recognizing these employees is a way to lean out the organization and recruit people who share your company’s values. If you’re close to being one of the following employees, your job might be at risk:
- The Troublemaker: If you are creating more problems than you’re worth. Meaning if your monetary input is less than your output and you are replaceable; be weary you might be gone sooner than you think.
- Overpromise but Underdeliver: Ever heard the saying, “don’t write cheques you can’t cash”? It is human nature to be eager, keen and impress your boss by thinking you can deliver on everything and volunteering yourself sporadically. STOP! In the workplace you are judged on your actions, not your intentions.
- Poor Customer Service: Employee’s who deal directly with customers and act out or do a poor job are liabilities. The customer pays the bills, fuels business and is your greatest source of marketing.
- Can’t or Won’t do the Job: Um…excuse me? You’re hired and trained to do a job. Statements like “I can’t” or “I won’t” should position you to be a prime candidate to get fired in a competitive workforce.
- Flakes: Employers: Get rid of them. People who don’t add value to the organization and erode the corporate culture shouldn’t be part of what you’re building. If you’re the person calling into work sick at least 3 times a month without a medical reason don’t be surprised when you’re fired.
- They Ignore the Rules: You’re thinking, “rules are meant to be broken,” but management may not see it that way. Internal corporate branding has become integral to organizations strategic outlook. No matter what kind of superstar you maybe for the company you are not above the rules. Just ask the dozens of CEO’s who have been removed over the last few years for conduct deemed unfit for the company’s corporate culture.
The cost of hiring and training new employees is high but in the long run pales in comparison to the cost of an employee who doesn’t fit in the values of an organizations culture. If you think you’re irreplaceable, you areand if you’re not happy where you are it’s time to think change.
Danish Butt is a BCOM student at Royal Roads University in Victoria and a founding member of www.strrtup.com as well the Chairperson for the Royal Roads Special Projects Committee.